The People’s Parklet

The People’s Parklet on Douglas St will officially be opened this Wednesday, July 24th at 4pm. The Parklet is the first long term, purpose built in Ireland and is a space for people to sit, relax and linger. As an amenity combining elements of seating, planting and bike parking, it offers an alternative experience of the city and the street. It is an open and public space, that invites residents and passers-by to interact socially, and to foster a sense of place, community and environment.

This parklet is moveable and can be relocated to different areas in the city centre. It is hoped that it will enhance whatever public space it is placed in, bringing a pop of natural materials, green planting and vibrant artwork to what might otherwise be a concrete, overlooked or neglected space.

The best and brightest of Corks groups including Benchspace Cork, The Transport and Mobility Forum, Mad about Cork, The Douglas Street Business Association, Cork Flower Studios and the build team led by Rory Drinan collaborated to bring Siobhan Keogh’s design to life. Supported and funding was kindly given by the Cork City Council Placemaking Fund 2019.

It is constructed by cladding a steel and timber frame in Siberian Larch which like the vibrant pollinator friendly planting will age beautifully over its lifetime, it will remain in place until September 29th (including Parking Day on Sept 20th). 

Location: Douglas side of Douglas Street (outside Cork Flower Studios)

Follow the Parklet at https://www.instagram.com/thepeoplesparkletcork/

Media enquiries: hello@benchspacecork.ie

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